Insane by Alisa Roth
America's Criminal Treatment of Mental Illness

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“Insane” is rife with sharp, brutal details that pull the reader beyond the realms of abstract policy debates...While Roth writes accessibly, her book can at times read like a study of Prison Best Practices as she compares the efficacy of various Rikers Island clinics with guidelines from the American Psychiatric Association.
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An urgent exposé of the mental health crisis in our courts, jails, and prisons

America has made mental illness a crime. Jails in New York, Los Angeles, and Chicago each house more people with mental illnesses than any hospital. As many as half of all people in America's jails and prisons have a psychiatric disorder. One in four fatal police shootings involves a person with such disorders.

In this revelatory book, journalist Alisa Roth goes deep inside the criminal justice system to show how and why it has become a warehouse where inmates are denied proper treatment, abused, and punished in ways that make them sicker.

Through intimate stories of people in the system and those trying to fix it, Roth reveals the hidden forces behind this crisis and suggests how a fairer and more humane approach might look. Insane is a galvanizing wake-up call for criminal justice reformers and anyone concerned about the plight of our most vulnerable.

 

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Published April 3, 2018 by Basic Books. 320 pages
Genres: Health, Fitness & Dieting, Political & Social Sciences, Professional & Technical, Law & Philosophy. Non-fiction
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Excellent
on Jan 22 2018

Though the subject matter dictates that much of the book is relentlessly depressing, the author is such a talented information gatherer and fluid stylist that the narrative becomes compulsive reading.

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Above average
Reviewed by Sam Dolnick on May 22 2018

“Insane” is rife with sharp, brutal details that pull the reader beyond the realms of abstract policy debates...While Roth writes accessibly, her book can at times read like a study of Prison Best Practices as she compares the efficacy of various Rikers Island clinics with guidelines from the American Psychiatric Association.

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